The Eagles allowed 48 sacks last season, and over a 4-part series, we're going to look at them all individually to determine what went wrong. In case you missed the first two parts of this series, you can find them here:
As we continue on with Part 3 of this series, we'll detail each sack allowed against the Raiders, Packers, Redskins (second meeting), and Cardinals, all of which were wins. Here's the running tally of sack responsibility after 12 games:
In chronological order:
The Eagles didn't do much of anything wrong on offense against the Raiders, except for this play. Foles faked to McCoy, when... Oh crap, Riley ran a 2 yard route and the rest of the team is blocking.
I guess I'll run for it and everyone will laugh at my wheels.
No idea who to attribute blame to on this one.
Foles has a good pocket.
But nothing is open.
5.1 seconds elapse before Foles hits the deck.
Jason Peters (2.5)
Datone Jones (95) smacks into Peters with a bull rush, and gets a little hands to the face action in the process.
He then disengages, and bang.
Peters left the field with a leg injury after the play.
Jason Kelce (2)
This was the play where Nick Foles fumbled, which led to the Packers going for it on 4th down and turning the ball over on downs. At the snap, DT Mike Daniels is going to loop around Jason Kelce.
Which he does, virtually untouched.
He gets there so fast, in fact, that CB Tramon Williams (38) was completely unblocked, and Daniels beat him to Foles.
The officials (1)
Ryan Kerrigan (91) is going to step forward at the snap like he's rushing the passer, which will keep Lane Johnson right where he is and unable to help the rest of the OL block up a blitz that will include London Fletcher coming up the middle. However, the trade-off on that subtle move is that it will slow Kerrigan up on being able to cover LeSean McCoy's wheel route.
Foles reads the play and sees the mismatch (note where he's looking). However, knowing he's going to be toasted, Kerrigan blatantly grabs a hold of McCoy.
This is a TD if Kerrigan doesn't hold McCoy.
But the officials somehow missed it, Foles was forced to look elsewhere, and he got blasted in the mouth by London Fletcher because the Eagles don't have even blockers to account for the blitz.
Lane Johnson (5)
Here's a look the Eagles formerly showed on defense with Jason Babin and Trent Cole. Ryan Kerrigan (91) will engage with Lane Johnson, and Brian Orakpo will loop around the outside. This puts a lot of pressure on the RT to first block Kerrigan, then recognize to second rusher looping around, disengaging, passing off the first guy to the RG, and blocking the second guy coming around the corner.
Lane Johnson is just a tad too slow recognizing what the Redskins are doing, and can't pass off Kerrigan in time to go block Orakpo.
"Watch out Nick!!!"
Tough play to handle, but Johnson didn't handle it.
Nick Foles (1)
Ohhhhh, Nick... You had DeSean in the turkey hole!
Foles had 4.7 seconds to throw before he was hit, and it was only a 3-man route. He should have seen Jackson coming open here.
LeSean McCoy (1)
Shady starts to head out into a route.
When, "Oh crap, I have to block that guy."
Lane Johnson (6)
John Abraham bull rushes Johnson, and pushes him back...
Then disengages, and bang.
Foles has plenty of time to throw, but everything is covered down the field.
The Eagles OL does a good job picking up the blitz, giving Foles 4.3 seconds to throw.
The Eagles are running a quick screen to Riley Cooper, but facing a heavy blitz, Foles has to get the ball out earlier than he'd like. Unfortunately, Cooper isn't looking for the ball.
So Nick takes off running and gets back to the line of scrimmage, which counts as a sack.
I guess you could give the sack responsibility to Cooper here, but what's the point?
Evan Mathis (2)
At the snap, Calais Campbell (93) is going to try to draw a double from Mathis and Peters, with LB Marcus Benard (59) looping inside.
Campbell does indeed draw the double. Mathis gets turned around completely, and is out of position to pick up Benard.
Peters and Mathis then simultaneously decide to go block Benard, leaving both Campbell and Benard open to smash Foles.